Learn How Yarn Is Made and Discover the Pros and Cons of Ring Spinning vs. Open-End Spinning
Imagine this; your friend (who doesn’t work with denim) is out shopping for a new pair of jeans. Does he ask about how the yarn in the denim was spun? Does he care?! Probably not.
But when it comes to denim, the spinning process profoundly impacts the characteristics of the fabric. Especially the way it fades. That’s why you (as someone who works with denim) should care!
This article is the second in a series of five episodes that outline the production process of denim. The goal of the series is to provide an in-depth reference tool that answers questions about how denim is made.
Since I’m approaching denim’s production process chronologically, I discuss cotton and its benefits in the first episode. In this episode, I explore how cotton is spun and the characteristics of the yarn. And I discuss the pros and cons of the two spinning technologies.
The five production stages of denim production:
What Is Spinning?
To denim novices, the word ‘spinning’ probably gives associations of overly enthusiastic fitness instructors, claustrophobically sweat-drenched gyms and 90s dance music. That’s not the kind of spinning I’m talking about.
Interestingly enough, however, there is a similarity; both spinning classes at the gym and the kind of spinning that happens in denim factories is about transformation.
When we talk about textiles, spinning is the process of transforming fibres into yarn.
Back in the day, before the Industrial Revolution, spinning was a manual operation. These days, there are two predominant spinning methods. And each of them has its pros and cons.
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